Ever since my field trip to Portugal (which I really must do a proper post for) I’ve been kind of fascinated by spiders. Partially as a result of this, and partially because it’s always nice to know where the potential source of hundreds of the little buggers is, we have a new pet.
We first noticed Bob when she was sat above the window. Mainly, we noticed her because , for a house spider (Tegenaria ssp.), she is fucking huge. Relatively speaking. As in, without killing her and sticking her under a microscope to find out for sure, she might even be a gigantic house spider (T. gigantea), but as far as I’m aware they’re mostly restricted to the south. Then again, climate change and shit. Basically, she’s about 2cm in body length.
After a few days in a tupperware box, being fed whatever moths and flying bugs I could lure into the bathroom and catch, I decided to make things a bit better for the hairy lass. So, a quick trip to the shops netted a nice little glass tank for Bob and a little bug viewer with some crickets.
Bob seems quite happy, the crickets, blissfully aware of their fate, also seem happy.
Conclusion: Invertebrates make the best pets.